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asleep and a lit cigarette started the fire. >> i knew he was in there. he started yelling back. don, fred! come on! just come, we can't get in! unlock the door. >> reporter: fred and two other neighbors, israel and j.t., worked in sync. they needed to get through the windows to open the door. >> like there's rocks right here might as well bash it in with that and jump through. >> reporter: getting through the window was easy compared to the blinding smoke. >> i went inside and i got all dizzy and said forget it i had to bail out. then i cut my hands and stuff. and then we just started getting back at it and started breaking this window and stuff and i kept yelling at don. >> reporter: when they took us inside the home today it looked much different without the floor-to-ceiling smoke but what happened was still crystal clear. >> i went in straight in and he was right there. i just grabbed his foot and dragged him out. >> reporter: but that one last try almost didn't happen. they had already been in and out of the house five times and
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israel, who has three children, thought, i can't sacrifice myself. >> i was puking. the smoke was crazy but i just wanted one more time. he needed one more time. >> reporter: but 16-year-old j.t. kept the momentum going. >> i think he is a big deal. he really is, because i was ready to quit. >> reporter: j.t. said the training he received in the u.s. naval cadet corps kicked in. what surprised him was finding the rock he used to break the window. >> it's a lot heavier than i remember. but yeah, when i picked it up, it felt like it was paper. i guess that's what adrenaline does to you. >> reporter: you're convinced that they saved his life? >> absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt. no -- no doubt in my mind his life was saved by the loving and caring goodness of the people that live here. >> i'm just one of the lucky neighbors. a lot of people of would have done it. not everybody. there was lots of people
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watching. but he needed help. >> i didn't do this to be a hero. i did this to save a neighbor's life. >> reporter: i just spoke with don's wife. he is in stable condition at uc- davis burn unit being treated for smoke inhalation. it will be a long recovery process. but she knows he wouldn't be alive if it hadn't been for their quick thinking neighbors. so quick that israel ran from across the street without has shoes on so went inside this burning house walking over broken glass in his bare feet. in martinez, ann notarangelo, cbs 5. tonight investigators think they know what started yesterday's six-alarm fire at a fairfield plastics plant. the fire marshal says an employee using an open flame device likely sparked the massive fire. all that thick, black smoke escape from the burning bins manufactured at the plant. a few firefighters were treated for minor injuries. this is what the yard looks like today. cal-osha is launching an investigation into the fire.
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cbs 5 has learned that inspectors cited the company macro plastics four times in 2007 for safety violations. the company reached a settlement for those violations. also this evening, a heartbreaking story of a man who was only trying to serve his community when he fell victim to its darker side. a 29-year-old good samaritan is on life support tonight after being shot while delivering meals to the homeless. mark sayre is in oakland with what happened to the man known by many as brother john. mark. >> reporter: allen, one of the witness to all of this was homeless man that brother john was actually helping. and that man told us today that the bullet that hit brother john could have hit and killed him or brother john's entire family. >> when i came out i started talking to them right here, gave them fish and french fries. >> reporter: william holloway says the man he had come to know as brother john had just stopped by with a hot meal when somebody drove by in a van and opened fire. >> from that point on he shot three times and then two more
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shots. >> reporter: you heard five shots? >> five shots. the guy don't even know brother john. this is a random senseless shooting that should have never happened. if it hadn't been for brother john, they would have got shot. >> are you all right? >> yeah, i made it through. >> reporter: holloway says brother john has been bringing him food on the streets of east oakland for about a year, sometimes three days a week. >> he was a nice guy. him and his wife fixed the food at home and bring it out here to feed people. >> reporter: the shooting happened at 12:30 a.m. at 47th and san leandro. oakland police say the original report came into the chp when somebody flagged down an officer to report someone was show thed shot. >> we need witnesses to let us know if they saw anything unusual. a lot of times it's just that one tip, small or large, that ends up breaking the case open and we want to bring closure to this family. so we want people to come forward. >> reporter: back at the crime scene, tony wright heard the gunshots but didn't know it was
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brother john who had been hit. >> he got food in his hands to give to somebody. he's got his wife and kid with him. why should this happen? why? >> reporter: now, oakland police have not released the name of the victim. we are told that his wife was hit, as well. she is expected to be okay. police initially reported that the two children were unharmed. but late this afternoon, published reports indicate that one of those a 3-year-old girl was in fact grazed by a bullet, again not life-threatening injuries. >> mark sayre, let's hope someone comes forward, thanks. >> reporter: indeed. an early-morning police chase in oakland left an 19- year-old driver dead. officers say he may have been driving drunk. officers started chasing him around 1:30 after they spotted his car weaving on international boulevard. he wound up on 880. police say he crashed after exiting at the 29th avenue off- ramp. the driver was ejected from the car and died at the hospital.
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police later found open alcohol containers in the car. other bay area headlines. walnut creek police say this man stole a car with thousands of dollars worth of sports memorabilia inside. on monday morning the car's owner left it unlocked with the key in the ignition when he ran into a mcdonald's. when he came out he saw his car being driven way. police say they know the thief is from the area but won't release his name. they think the stolen memorabilia may turn up on ebay. san francisco police are looking for this woman. they say she robbed the same credit union bank on buckingham way twice in 10 days. in both cases, she was armed with a handgun and demanded money. no one has been hurt and it's not clear how much money she took. both robberies happened in the early afternoon. back in april ed lee sat down for an interview with cbs 5 and told us flat out he wasn't interested in running for mayor of san francisco. tonight ed lee is change his tune. the interim mayor now says that he is considering a run for
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office in november. senator dianne feinstein is apparently putting some pressure on lee saying san francisco needs his, quote, steady leadership and unifying presence in city hall. ed lee was appointed mayor by the board of supervisors in january to complete gavin newsom's term. the bank's got news this foreclosure crisis in the first place. >> waging a filthy fight. the trashy way protestors are sending a message to banks. they have been controversial from the start. the california city pulling the plug on its red light cameras. and called a distorted reality. the ads banned for being too beautiful. ,,,,
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in oslo norway. t we are getting our first look at last friday's deadly bomb blast that targeted a government building in oslo norway. this is surveillance video from a store about a block away from the massive explosion. it captured the moment of impact. it shattered glass in the window. eight people died in the blast. afterwards, the suspect anders breivik drove to a youth camp
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and started shooting. this is not a good sign. stocks suffered the biggest sell-off in weeks as debt crisis in washington continues town nerve financial markets around the world. -- to unnerve financial markets around the world. dow down nearly 200, nasdaq down 75. jay dow is in washington with the latest developments on capitol hill and jay, we're less than a week from the deadline. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. good evening to you, allen. house speaker john boehner says a new estimate from the congressional budget office shows his debt plan calls for a larger spending cut than it does a debt limit increase. the speaker is hoping that makes the plan acceptable to conservative republicans. he has been aggressively courting them all day pushing them to get behind the plan. reporter: house speaker john boehner is reworking the republican debt plan. a rebellion from some members of his own party and word from the congressional budget office that it did not deliver all of its promised cuts forced him to delay bringing the bill to the house floor. now some conservative lawmakers
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appear to be getting behind the rewrite. >> i have moved from leaning no to undecided to lean yes. >> it's a lot better than what we would have if we just let the senate democrats and president continue on their spending spree. >> there is no other all at any it out there that we think could pass -- there is no other alternative out there that we think could pass the house. >> reporter: senate democrats balk at the plan charge that the tea party is dictating it terms. >> we cannot let a small bloc of house republicans lead the whole nation off a cliff. >> reporter: the democrats' competing plan also fell short of delivering all the promised savings in its congressional budget off review. the main difference with the gop plan is that it raises the debt limit in one step instead of two. >> there is only one bill in congress that is a true compromise. we're running out of time. it's time to get serious about finding that compromise. >> reporter: both sides need to reach an agreement before next tuesday or the government could face a downgrading of its credit rating and run out of
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money to pay its bills. the white house continues to push democrats and republicans to work out a deal the president will sign. now that speaker boehner's plan is back on track, it's expected to come up for a vote tomorrow. allen? >> you know, i can't help but think, jay, so many times we see the standoff end at the deadline. harry reid said magic things happen in a short period of time under the right circumstances. i don't want to be skeptical but i don't know if this is one of those magic times. do you? >> reporter: we have been speaking with senators here and they are fully aware of what the usual routine is. and they say they are not going to be surprised to see this come down to the last minute. >> all right. it does approach. jay dow in washington, thanks. next, getting the brushoff. why ads featuring julia roberts and kristy turlington are being banned. >> i'm len ramirez in san jose. why did a neighborhood group deliver trash bags to a bank here in san jose and what does
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it have do with the foreclosure crisis? the answers just ahead. and a big increase in apartment rental scams? how those scammers are doctoring up phony listings. ,,
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it's really delicious, mom. it's not too well done? nope. but it is a job well done. what are you reading, sweetie? her diary. when you're done, i'd love some feedback. sure. your mom and i read that thing cover-to-cover. loved it. thanks. would you mind if i cut the lawn this weekend? only if you let me talk to your mother on the phone for hours on end. done. [ male announcer ] u-verse brings peace to the family. at&t u-verse lets you record four shows at once from any room and play them back on any tv. get u-verse tv for only $29 a month for 6 months. in the network, everyone can get along. the red- light camera program ends in los angeles. 180,000 red light runners
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ticked since 2004 but come sunday the program ends in los angeles. it's because the city has trouble collecting fines. tickets are mailed to drivers and authorities are unable to force violaters to pay them. city officials say it's partly because of the way the law was written. fines were essentially voluntary and they are virtually no consequences for those who refuse to pay. they are sick of the blight and filth so they are doing something about it, the neighbors tired of looking at homes run down because they are in foreclosure. len ramirez in san jose on the deposit the group made at a major bank. >> reporter: a group came to the wells fargo bank to make a large deposit but they weren't carrying money. they were bags filled with trash collected at a blighted bank-owned property connected to wells fargo. >> make the banks pay! >> reporter: protestors ended up leaving the bags inside the bank lobby while bank managers called police. the group eventually left the
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bank and no one was arrested. >> we don't need that garbage in our neighborhood dirtying up our neighborhood bringing down the value of our homes. so we brought it to them. it's their garbage. they should take responsibility for it. >> reporter: city officials say there are hundreds of vacant bank-owned homes in san jose. the property in question is on sinbad avenue. it's been vacant for about six months. you think the banks are obligated to keep them up? >> oh, for their sake, they better keep them up because eventually they are going to have to resell. and it's to their advantage to maintain them. >> reporter: the city is aware of the property and code enforcement says wells fargo has been generally responsible with most its foreclosed properties. but... >> citations run. we are issuing them without warning to banks. we are boarding up buildings that need it not waiting for the banks to do that. in some cases we are cleaning up properties without waiting for the banks to do it. we are trying address the blight condition as quickly as we can. >> reporter: wells fargo issued a statement this afternoon,
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basically saying that a lot of this was misguided at wells fargo. they say, quote, wells fargo serves as trustee and as such has no role in the foreclosure activities or maintenance of the property on sinbad avenue. now, we checked in out with the city of san jose. they confirm that the people responsible for this is bank of america. and i just got off the phone while we were in the recorded piece just now and bank of america down in southern california told me that they have been maintaining that property and that they did have a problem in july and it was only a matter of time before they would get to it again. they also confirmed the city fined them for some blight issues in the past. they say that they are going to send somebody over there again to that particular property and clean it up. they say they will do whatever they can to make sure that that property, you know, stays as it should. back to you. >> all right. len ramirez in san jose, thank you. a major real estate website is taking steps tonight to crack down on the spike in
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online rental scams. julie watts on the consumerwatch explains, the scammers are preying on young professionals looking for nice places to live. reporter: >> this is our move-in date. >> reporter: on the 15th? >> yes. >> reporter: he has a lease. it's just not worth the paper it's written on. the designer recently answered an ad for a 1 bedroom apartment in this luxury building for $1800 a month. >> i think i was so excited about the place and, you know, it was perfect and -- >> reporter: perfect except he had to wait to actually see the apartment in person. >> i was told that it was a newlywed couple that was staying there. >> reporter: and hold it, the so-called landlord, needed a $1,300 refundable security deposit by wire transfer. >> that was the only way that they would accept it. >> reporter: so bakken wired the money but when the landlord asked for more he realized he had been scammed. >> it was an old kind of craigslist scam and now it's
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coming to the property websites. >> reporter: this realtor says scammers are lifting photos from luxury real estate listings like his and doctoring up a phony rental ad. how common is it? well, this morning, our consumerwatch producer responded to this ad for a two- bedroom apartment for $2,000 a month. within minutes, she got an email back saying it wasn't available for viewing because a couple was honeymooning inside but she could send us a security deposit. then we found the same pictures of the same property for sale for $730,000. the listing realtor tells us it's not for rent and if it were, $2,000 would be ridiculous. following our investigation truly yeah is now promising to launch its own. too late for blake but neighbor time to help others. >> put your faith in the world and it gets taken away. >> reporter: trulia is now warning renters about suspicious tactics demanding
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more information from people placing ads and trulia isn't the only website hit by scammers. we have also seen suspicious ads on hotpad and, of course, craigslist. remember, if you have a consumer problem or question, give us a call 1-888-5-helps-u. thank you. they are everywhere picture- perfect photos of actors and celebrities but covering up the flaws can go a little too far and in response, britain has banned a series of laureal ads. they show overly air brushed images of actress julia roberts and supermodel christy turlington. britain's advertising watchdog says the magazine advertisements were misleading and do not accurately represent what the beauty products could achieve. though admitting post production techniques were used, laureal defended the ads. a ban on male circumcision in san francisco is unlikely to appear on the ballot in november. today a judge tentatively ruled that under state law, local jurisdictions have no right to regulate healthcare professionals. the proposed ballot measure would have made the procedure a
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misdemeanor punishable with a fine and jail time. the final hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning. a new study may reassure some parents about their children's use of cell phones. researchers have found children who use them on a regular basis are not more likely to develop brain cancer. dr. kim mulvihill with what you need to know. reporter: like most of her friends, 11-year-old rebecca has a cell phone. >> i like call my mom, you know, after activities, text my friends, see what they are doing. >> reporter: her mother knew there could be a link between radiation from cell phones and brain tumors but wasn't concerned. >> i'm one of those, if everybody is doing it, it must not be that bad. >> no. it's jordan. >> reporter: she is happy to hear about a new study that cell phones don't appear to increase the risk of brain cancer in children and teens. switzerland researchers looked at hundreds of brain cancer patients and found they were not more likely to have been regular cell phone users. however, the study only looked at childhood brain tumors and
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not the long- term risk. >> the question, the child that begins using the cell phone at 7 or 12 when they are 47, after four decades of using the cell phone, is their risk of developing brain cancer higher? >> reporter: there is speculation children may be more susceptible because their skulls are thinner and more radiation could penetrate the brain tissue. experts say if you're concerned, use an earpiece or the phone's speaker. sheryl greenwald isn't worry because her daughter mostly texts and only talks on the phone when necessary. >> it makes me feel better, as soon as she calls me. i know that she's okay. >> reporter: rebecca likes her independence but also likes knowing help is just a phone call away. this study won't end the debate. at this time the preponderance of evidence is against the hypothesis that cell phones cause cancer. but if you are concerned, take steps. limit use, text don't talk, use a head piece or speaker function. and avoid a well documented risk. don't use them while driving.
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>> absolutely. but then the kids don't. but did it look at how long the calls were? >> reporter: they looked at how long kids were talking, how much exposure. there was not an association. >> thank you. it was warmer today than what it was yesterday. but not as warm as it will be tomorrow. from the cbs 5 weather center, we'll tell you the day this weekend that will pan out to be the hottest as eyewitness news continues right here on cbs 5. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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we had some blue and gray with the fog at the coast. >> we still have a lot of fog at the coast but first let's share a little blue. this is the scene from inspiration circle in dublin where currently the temperatures in the 90s. looking towards mount diablo, extremely dry conditions there there. but meanwhile a lot of moisture in the atmosphere all associated with that right there. it's the marine layer that's now pushing onshore. this is the scene. it's live from our transamerica
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building camera looking out toward the city of san francisco. we are confirming it now with our pinpoint weather satellite. you can see the clouds just lining up and stacked up against the san mateo coast wrapping around in santa cruz. in fact, tonight we will continue to see these clouds push in an easterly direction into the bay and then march locally inland. but our pinpoint forecast does scrub out the clouds a little earlier tomorrow. ample sunshine due to a northwest wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. as that happens, we will see additional warming but right now with that cloud bank as you obviously saw, by our live cbs 5 weather camera, it's only in the 50s at the beaches, 70s bayside and where we have the abundance of clear skies we still have temperatures into the 90s. so if you are out and about this evening, we are in the 60s through the 70s, 80s and low 90s. tonight it's baseball action at overstock coliseum. the as are playing host to tampa bay.
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game time temperature 70. temperatures tonight with the blanket of clouds bottoming out into the 50s. actually when you take a look that the satellite you say, there is absolutely nothing going on. we are under the influence of high pressure and it's pretty much about time we are going to see our temperatures average if not above average. typically 89 in livermore and tomorrow we are forecasting a temperature above that. 83 the average high in san jose and we are forecasting 86. spot on in san francisco. mid-80s in santa rosa. a repeat performance on friday. we'll hang ton this weather pattern until this time next week. that is your cbs 5 pinpoint forecast. we'll be right back.
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for eyewitness news at 6. taking the wind out of the i'm dana king. here's something we're working on for eyewitness news at 6:00. taking the wind out of the america's cup sail? why a popular soup ingredient could spell trouble for the world famous race. alex trebek in jeopardy! how the game show host was injured chasing down a bay area burglar. going to have those stories and much more at 6:00. >> famous arrests for 500? [ laughter ] >> all right. we are going to leave you now because the cbs evening news is coming up next. >> because we have to. >> see you a 6:00. remember, the latest news and weather is always on >> failed at final jeopardy! >> caption colorado, llc comments@captioncolodo
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